And just like puppy mills, amateur breeders can breed dogs with health problems, passing along genes that cause suffering in litter after litter.
These types of breeders may also cut costs by failing to provide proper veterinary care.
Why buying from breeders is bad?
Inbreeding causes painful and life-threatening genetic defects in “purebred” dogs and cats, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, and epilepsy. Distorting animals for specific physical features also causes severe health problems.
Why are purebreds bad?
Purebred dogs may be considered extra special because their breed has been crafted over generations by the hand of man, but as with many things crafted by man, nature has proven it can do a much better job. The reason purebreds have so many genetic problems stems from something that can affect any species: inbreeding.
Why should I buy from a breeder?
There are many good reasons to buy a well-bred purebred dog from a responsible breeder. The first, of course, is predictability. Because ethical breeders spend lots of time socializing, caring for, and observing their puppies, they will be able to recommend the puppy most likely to fit best into your life.
Are Breeders good?
Good breeders, however, are usually certified by the American Kennel Club and take special care to breed their dogs for good health and temperament. If you want a purebred dog because you’re obsessed with a certain breed or have allergies, breeders are the way to go, as they generally focus on raising one type of dog.
What does backyard breeder mean?
A backyard breeder is an amateur animal breeder whose breeding is considered substandard, with little or misguided effort towards ethical, selective breeding. Larger commercial operations of a similar type that breed dogs are usually termed a puppy mill (especially in North America) or puppy farm.
What should I look for when buying a puppy from a breeder?
Some of the “right” answers are obvious (the vendor should be the person who bred the puppies, you should be able to meet the parents, they should be healthy, she should be microchipped and wormed, she should have been checked by a vet, she should be well socialised and they should be happy to complete the puppy